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Year 2011 Archive

Can I go home, please!
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Here we archive “Here’s A Thought” items from the year 2011.
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Addional years’ archives are also accessible from the same page.

December 25, 2011

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

Albert Camus

December 18, 2011

The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.

Thich Nhat Hanh

December 11, 2011

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

G. K. Chesterton

December 4, 2011

Remember never to fear the power of evil more than your trust in the power and love of God.

one of the Seventy Apostles

November 27, 2011

I distrust that love which seems to be sustained by the hope of obtaining some other reward. The reward of love is the object beloved. It needs no other cause and no other fruit itself; I love because I love; I love that I may love.

Saint Benedict

November 20, 2011

I neglect God and his angels for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.

John Donne

November 13, 2011

Among all means of liberation, devotion is supreme. To seek earnestly to know one’s real nature – this is said to be devotion.

quoted in The Spiritual Heritage of India

November 6, 2011

The superimposition of the ego-idea upon Existence is our first and most important act as human beings. The moment we have made this central act of superimposition – the moment we have said “I am I, I am private, I am separate, I am an individual” – we have made further superimposition inevitable. The claim to individuality for ourselves implies individuality everywhere. It automatically superimposes a multiple world of creatures and objects upon the one, undivided reality, the Existence which is Brahman.

Swami Prabhavananda
in The Spiritual Heritage of India

October 30, 2011

When you pray, go into a room by yourself, and shut the door behind you. Then pray to your Father, the hidden one. And your Father, with his eye for the hidden, will applaud you.

Matthew 6:6
in The Complete Gospels

October 23, 2011

Live in the world like a maidservant in a rich man’s house. She performs all the household duties, brings up her master’s child, and speaks of him as 8220;my Hari8221;. But in her heart she knows quite well that neither the house nor the child belongs to her. She performs all her duties, but just the same her mind dwells on her native place. Likewise, do your worldly duties but fix your mind on God. And know that house, family, and son do not belong to you; they are God’s. You are only His servant.

Sri Ramakrishna

October 16, 2011

Purity of condict is the greatest purity. To think of God continuously, to worship him, to chant his name, and sing his praises – this is the best way of attaining the highest good.

The Mahabharata
Anusasana Parva CVIII.12
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October 9, 2011

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

G. K. Chesterton

October 2, 2011

The more we grow in love and virtue and holiness, the more we see love and virtue and holiness outside. All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm – which it is in your power to do – and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you.

Swami Vivekananda

September 25, 2011

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.

Richard Francis Burton

September 18, 2011

The gnostics, after having ascended to the heaven of reality, agree that they see nothing in existence save the One, the Real. Some of them possess this state as a cogninitve gnosis. Others, however, attain this through a state of tasting. Plurality is totally banished from them, and they become immersed in sheer singularity.

in The Niche of Lights

September 11, 2011

There are no answers. Only choices.

Movie Solaris

September 4, 2011

In Thee, O Lord, do I seek refuge.

Psalms 31:1

August 28, 2011

Every problem is based on one mistake:
We think Life is out to get us.
Thus, we prepare for battle.

Elsa Joy Bailey
in The Uncommon Book of Prayer

August 21, 2011

This meditation is certainly not in itself a mystical or religious experience, not euphoric, not a sudden expansion into universal love or cosmic consciousness, not any kind of feeling or thought or intuition whatever. Quite the contrary, it is absolutely featureless, colorless, neutral.

Douglas E Harding
in Open To The Source

August 14, 2011

Love is not a feeling. It’s an ability.

Movie Dan in Real Life

August 7, 2011

But you cannot escape Self. You want to see God in all, but not in yourself? If all are God, are you not included in that all? Yourself being God, is it a wonder that all are God? There must be a seer and thinker for even this practice. Who is he?

Sri Ramana Maharshi
in Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi

July 31, 2011

I knew not the reason I had come into this world. Nor, until I attained wisdom myself, was I aware from what Invisible Source my life flowed into the physical body.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
by Yogananda

July 24, 2011

An epoch will come when people disclaim kinship with us as we disclaim kinship with the monkeys.

Kahlil Gibran

July 17, 2011

There is no relationship between what is real and what you think is real.

A Course in Miracles
Lesson Number 45

July 10, 2011

For he who has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge about the depths of the all.

Book of Thomas the Contender

July 3, 2011

I face both God and my guru. To whom should I bow first?
I bow first to my guru because he is the one who showed me the path to God.


June 26, 2011

Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.

On a wall at Hammond Street Senior Center

June 19, 2011

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

G. K. Chesterton

June 12, 2011

Abandon all dharmas, and come to Me alone for shelter.
I will deliver you from all sins; do not grieve.

Bhagavad Gita

June 5, 2011

Listen carefully,
Neither the Vedas
Nor the Qur’an
Will teach you this:
Put the bit in its mouth,
The saddle on its back,
Your foot in the stirrup,
And ride your wild runaway mind
All the way to heaven.

in Songs of Kabir

May 22, 2011

What you think of me is none of my business.

Terry Cole-Whittaker
book by that title

May 15, 2011

Dare to know.
Sapere aude.


May 8, 2011

If you come across error, rather than uprooting it or knocking it down, see if you can trim it patiently, allowing the light to shine upon the nucleus of of goodness and truth that usually is not missing even in erroneous opinions.

John Paul I (Albino Luciani)

May 1, 2011

For money you can have everything it is said. No that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.

Arne Garborg

April 24, 2011

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everthing must be said again.

Andre Gide

April 17, 2011

Who’s to say what is “proper”? What if it was agreed that “proper” was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?

Alice in Wonderland

April 10, 2011

You don’t have to talk about God to be talking about God.

Stefan C Nadzo

April 3, 2011

Que sais je?
What do I know?

Michel de Montaigne

March 27, 2011

Conscience is thoroughly well-bred, and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.

Samuel Butler

March 20, 2011

All life FORMS pass through the gates of death; but LIFE itself does not.

Arlo R. Hansen

March 13, 2011

Yoga is bending the outer to the inner.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

March 6, 2011

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein

February 27, 2011

In a pond, koi can reach lengths of eighteen inches. Amazingly, when placed in a lake, koi can grow to three feet long. The metaphor is obvious. You are limited by how you see the world.

Vince Poscente

February 20, 2011

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

Galileo Galilei

February 13, 2011

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.

Thomas Carlyle

February 6, 2011

Like cars in amusement parks, our direction is often determined through collisions.

Yahia Lababidi

January 30, 2011

If you want to make the world a better place,
Take a look at yourself, and
Then make a change.

Michael Jackson
song Man in The Mirror

January 23, 2011

I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

January 16, 2011

Our mind continuously does this. We create and perceive our world simultaneously, and our minds do this so well, we do not even know it is happening.

Movie Inception,
speaking of dreams,
but is it equally true of our waking reality?

January 9, 2011

I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.

Michel De Montaigne

January 2, 2011

Infinite is God,
infinite are his aspects,
and infinite are the ways to reach him.

Swami Prahhavananda
in The Spiritual Heritage of India


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